Netflix's hit Santa Clarita Diet (a horror-comedy about a middle-aged mom who suddenly transforms into a flesh-craving zombie and in the process ends up looking and feeling better than ever) showcases the ample comedic talents of actress Drew Barrymore in the lead role as Sheila Hammond, the real-estate-agent-mom-turned-killer-zombie.
As she recently told James Corden on her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, it's a role she chose to be fit for:
When I first started the show, I was 145 lbs. and my life was kind of falling apart. And I said, ‘Victor [Fresco, SCD's executive producer], can I lose 20 lbs. over the course of the show and change my eyebrows and the height of my shoes and the body language and attitude and go from someone who’s kind of naïve and unhappy to someone who’s empowered and alive?’ And he said yes, and so I got to make that transformation.
But in-between seasons, Barrymore admitted she likes to let it all hang out:
When I’m doing the show I’m a vegan and I barely eat anything, and I workout every day, and it’s so healthy. It gets to be euphoric, and then it’s like food poisoning, you feel like you’ll never eat again, and then before you know it you’re pigging out with the feed bag strapped to your face. And I’m a foodie, and love food and I travel the world for food, so I get heavy again between the show.
But while Barrymore may be comfortable to "let it go again" when it comes to her weight between seasons, it seems she's not so comfortable with the amount of public scrutiny she gets when the needle on her scale starts tipping back up.
She shared an anecdote with Corden about a recent exchange she had with a fan, as she exited a restaurant with some of her "mom friends," and all of their kids in tow:
She’s like, ‘God, you have so many kids,’ and I go ‘Well not all of them are mine, I just have two.’ And she’s like, ‘Well, and you’re expecting, obviously.’ And I just looked at her and go ‘No, I’m just fat right now.' And I walked out of the restaurant and I was like, ‘Oh man, that is rough.’
As you can see by the clip above, Corden is a super supportive fan of Barrymore (who admits to loving fettuccine Alfredo) at any size and so were all her fans on Twitter:
Many commiserated with Barrymore's angst when it comes to strangers commenting on their weight:
And while some might not have been as forthcoming about the painful realities of being body shamed by family and fans alike, it's Barrymore's honesty that has made us all love her so much over the years.
This is why we love Drew. She isn't afraid to admit the truth!— Bobbie Staggie Empey (@Bubblesnlipglos) March 22, 2018
One can't seem to escape an interview unscathed these days—luckily a few helpful naysayers were on hand to carefully parse Barrymore's interview for things they could judge as first-world, celebrity problems: